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Outside of that . . . Catatonia." “Permanent?" Mary Noyes asked. Young Doctor
Jeems looked surprised and indignant. He was one of the brighter young men of
Kingston Hospital despite the fact that he was not a peeper, and was fanatically ...
We make the catatonic wish to escape come true. We make the experience they
desire actually happen. We dissociate the mind from the lower levels, send it
back to the womb, and let it pretend it's being born to a new life all over again.
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I was set to give this story five stars throughout most of the book, but the ending threw me off. Way off.
The majority of the story is a detective story; we follow a crime from the angle of the perpetrator, and the investigating police officer. The caper is made all that much more exciting by the existence of people with esp, known as peepers, of which our investigator is one, and our perpetrator is not. A thrilling game of mouse and peeper cat made the book a quick read, and fun to follow. The inclusion of the catchy lyrics the perpetrator has purposely stuck in his head to keep himself from leaking his crime to the psychics around him interspersed throughout the dialog and action was a great touch that really increased the tension through certain parts of the story.
The conclusion however, I felt turned suddenly to a different tone altogether. The plot became less understandable, and the ending somewhat preachy. I suddenly got the impression that the author wrote the whole book as a means to state the exposition. Five stars until the last thirty pages or so.